Sonoma State University community outreach program Ticket to Success was commended this week by SSU's Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) for promoting early college awareness amongst elementary school students.
Now in its second year of operation, Ticket to Success has provided opportunities for more than 2,000 elementary school students from 12 different schools in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park to visit campus and attend a sporting event. By the time basketball season comes to a close, more than 1,250 elementary students will have visited the Sonoma State campus this year, interacting with student athletes from all 14 intercollegiate sports and meeting faculty from the kinesiology and biology departments.
"When students visit university campuses they begin to imagine collegiate life as a possibility," says Rachel Monarrez, assistant superintendent of K-6 curriculum and instruction for Santa Rosa City Schools. "Partnerships like Ticket to Success with Sonoma State University represents a collaborative effort that is yielding phenomenal results."